As Virginia’s largest public research university, George Mason University provides a college experience like no other. Mason offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees and numerous minors and certificate programs to customize your education and meet your career and personal goals. Mason's six-year graduation rate exceeds the national average, with no disparity based on ethnicity or economic status.
Every day, Mason's faculty, staff, students, and partners work to solve pressing problems, illuminate important issues, and shape decisions on policy. They are driven by the urge to break new ground and have a meaningful impact in the world. Maybe that is why U.S. News and World Report ranks Mason No. 1 in Virginia and No. 9 nationally among public institutions for innovation. Mason is among the top ten in research growth among U.S. public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. The organization FIRE ranks Mason in the top 20 nationally among public institutions for welcoming and fostering free speech. Mason values thinking, speaking, and acting in ways that break the mold and create progress.
From health care to technology, nonprofits to government, Mason's alumni are enacting change in the world today. Recent graduates become successful hires in top industries such as business or financial consulting, government or military-related industries, technology, health care, and education. Overall, 88 percent of recent graduates report they are on track for career-related employment, graduate school, or the military. Mason's innovative faculty partner with aspiring minds across a variety of industries to bring about lasting change. These collaborations have resulted in interdisciplinary centers, institutes, and programs that are often unique or the first of their kind.